UT-Arlington BSN program
- 0Aug 25, '10 by Esco0101Hi, I'm seriously considering the 15 month BSN program (for non-RNs) at UT later this year, obviously when my preqs are out the way. Wanted to know if anybody out there has done this program or know of someone who has? How was the 15 month long clinicals and how was it taking courses online? How did the financial aid work? I have been working as a RT, mainly in ICU for 6 years now and want a career change. Thanks guys...
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- 0Aug 30, '10 by remi2010UT-Arlington BSN program
I was speaking with my adviser about this the other day and she was telling me how it is much easier to get in if you're already partnered with a hospital. Also, the number of applicants they are accepting will increase by double for the following year. When are you planning to apply? I'm planning on applying by January.
- 0Aug 30, '10 by Jechi have to take several classes before i can get into the program... but i am pretty close since i have an associate’s degree in science! i am doing everything online, in 5 week increments. so, hopefully soon i will be able to start the program. many of my coworkers are doing the rn-bsn program and have nothing but great things to say about the program. i can’t wait!
- 0Sep 6, '10 by Esco0101Yes, I work at MD anderson so glad to hear I already got a foot in the door, lookin at prereqs, I think I have like 4 or 5 only...so apperently it sounds good. Im in the Excelsior program but self pace/teaching is not for me. This UT-A program sounds like it has more structure...
- 0Oct 17, '10 by NaijaGoddessHi Esco0101,
I'm currently in the 2nd semester of the AP-BSN program that you're interested in applying to. You will be placed in clinicals based on your location. I'm with the Fort Worth clinical group. I'm associated with the Texas Health Resources (THR) group. Last semester, we did our clinicals at Harris Fort Worth downtown. This semester for psych, we are at Millwood Psychiatric Hospital. Our Med-surg will be at Harris again later in the semester.
It's best if you are employed by the hospital that you are grouped with so that you can take advantage of the tuition reimbursement that they'll offer you. I am an PRN employee and therefore do not qualify for the tuition reimbursement benefit. Also, as an employee, you'll be eligible for book vouchers that will cover the cost of your books each semester. I receive financial aid from UTA that basically covers my tuition (this does include loans, however).
Taking the courses online aren't that bad as long as you keep yourself organized and exercise some strict discipline. Here's a link to the site that we use to access our courseware: University of Texas Arlington Academic Partnerships
Just as a warning, you will also need to sign a contract with the hospital that you are grouped with. I don't know how the other hospitals operate but I know that with THR, you will be required to work for them for 2 full consecutive years as a RN at one of their facilities. If you break this contract, you will owe them $15,000. I can send you a copy of the contract so that you can read it for yourself. If you don't mind these terms then it should work out for you.
It seems like the program is still working out kinks in terms of being more organized. Hopefully, by the time you enroll, the program will be better. I do feel that I have learned a lot so far.
Hope this info has been helpful!
- 0Dec 21, '10 by BabyCatchrHow many hours a week and/or hours per day do you spend on your coursework and studying? Is this program doable in a 8-5 day or do you spend your weekends studying and doing papers? I am working on finishing a couple of prereqs that I didn't get with my bachlor's of arts and this will be my 2nd bachelor's so I will be doing the AP online BSN.
- 0Dec 21, '10 by NaijaGoddessQuote from BabyCatchrSome classes demand a lot more hours than others. I also already have a bachelor's and thought that I could handle these nursing courses based on my prior experience. Initially I struggled because the course load was very heavy (especially considering that these are accelerated classes). The rule of thumb is that you're likely going to be spending 40+ hours a week studying. I know that everyone is different and learns at their own pace. Be prepared to dedicate a a large portion of your time to these courses. I have classmates that are married with children and I commend them for how they're able to handle this program knowing how stressful it is.How many hours a week and/or hours per day do you spend on your coursework and studying? Is this program doable in a 8-5 day or do you spend your weekends studying and doing papers? I am working on finishing a couple of prereqs that I didn't get with my bachlor's of arts and this will be my 2nd bachelor's so I will be doing the AP online BSN.
You will definitely be spending weekends studying. Keep in mind that you may also have weekend clinicals. I had clinicals on the weekend this past semester for Med-surg so my weekends were pretty much gone. For me, it didn't seem like there was a day that I wasn't studying.